There are so many diet options in the marketplace and just like religions, there are those to be sworn believers at the exclusion of all others.
I am of the exact opposite mindset: Try them all to see what jives with you. You are a unique beast to be sure and the amount of tweaks it would take to make any ONE diet conform to your bio-individuality is mind boggling. Your chemistry, your comfort levels and mentality along with several other metrics will make what works for your best friend or your brother tragic for yourself. Always knew there was something weird about them…now you know!
In the last decade I’ve messed around with different programs, philosophies and mindsets enough to know that I know very little about what you need. Except that it is for some basic understanding of your metabolism and physiology. And what that tells me is that taking internet advice is horribly misguided. I love the pundits who massage their wears to fit your lifestyle and yet they haven’t met you face to face.
SOooo…why are there so many opinions about Blood Type Diets that rock the boat on impartiality? It’s a lovely option for those looking to work a little more specifically to their own biochemistry. But it’s anecdotal!! Here’s my answer to that:
ALL DIETS ARE ANECDOTAL!!! There has yet to be one diet other than a whole foods (the idea of real foods, not the company) that have been tested across a cohort of thousands of people who would qualify for caloric restricting, blood sugar variable, organ taxing, detoxifying, macronutrient restructuring experimentation? With so many of us so unhealthy, there would be NO way to control the variables that your unique chemistry brings to the table so to speak, making any “One Size Fits All” approach scientifically IN
My point then is, what’s wrong with the Blood Type Diet Approach? I get flak from people all the time: “That can’t be true”, or “My doctor says it’s BS (THAT makes me laugh), “____________ (fill in the blank with your favorite diet) is the only thing that works for me”, and of course “It’s not scientifically proven”. I can’t understand the level of disdain for something that MOST have never tried or read anything about for themselves. Yes, you have the book, but did you READ it?
It goes without saying that when an idea comes along that just might point to our differences, it becomes too hard to grasp. We are a society of grab and go, make it simple and “something I can do with my friends because I need support”. In the end, it IS something you can do with your friends, you might just be eating different things for a while. Your kids look different, your hair looks different, and you look different from each other, why wouldn’t you consider that your genetic needs could be different?
Here it is in a nutshell: It’s instinctual eating.
Your people who came before you and so on, lived on the land that perpetuated existence so you could spring forth and become you. The foods that were available at the time your earliest ancestors were alive were great for some and not for others. The fact that you are here at all is a miracle and I’m not talking about the sperm and egg thing…that’s cool too, but surviving was tough back then. You either made babies because you could master your genetics AND had the stuff to do it or you fizzled out.
There it goes: A line of somebodies who didn’t make it.
Today we look around and see a skewed picture. Everyone looks normal and can have kids at will (seemingly) and get past most diseases (seemingly). CERTAINLY, you don’t think you could be vulnerable to anything you can’t go to the doctor for. Oh yeah, there weren’t doctors and drugs back then.
Today, if your diabetes goes out of control, you lose a limb. Boom. There it goes. I’ll get an artificial one or go on disability…always a fix for something. If your Mom has cholesterol issues, you will too. Or can you change that?
Your ancestors lived through plagues, poxes, STDs, wars and worse, yet your powdered donuts bring your lineage to its knees!!!
But Blood Type Diets are Hooey.
One thing about them, they are intriguing. You’re curious. Admit it. How can I survive my genetic roulette? How can I live with fewer medications in my life? How can I make sure I am healthy enough to have my own babies?
You see, it may be anecdotal, BUT those who have used it even from time to time as an elimination plan to remove substances you really, REALLY can’t metabolize, have found it useful.
If you don’t make the chemistry for breaking down meat, then eating meat will leave you nutrient deficient.
Blood Type Diets don’t replace what you like, they make them better. By taking a break from pounding the foods you crave, they help you understand that cravings are sometimes a quick fix for the things you aren’t getting. By association, we crave red meat because our brains assume it contains iron when we are anemic. There are tons of foods that have more iron than steak, but our quick reference guide points to Raw Bloody Vampiric Lust…you’d chase down a cow and bite it on the butt if you had anemia THAT bad!
Finally, I don’t support Blood Type Dieting solely. I DO know from clinical evidence for those of my patients who have tried it, Blood Type Dieting opened their eyes to the cravings and the shortcomings of the foods that actually make them sicker. After a 3 week trial, the foods on the forbidden list added back in will tell you whether you react to them or not. It’s not allergy testing, but food borne allergies will worsen when you eat things more inflammatory to yourself.
I like it though. My patients who try it do too. Don’t shoot the messenger…as always do your own research. If you want more information, contact me.
Food For Thought.
Dr. Tim Rogers